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    Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    A lot has been made about what next year's team will be able to accomplish. For informational purposes, here is a breakdown of what B12 teams will be returning or likely losing and bringing in. I arranged this in order of how teams finished this year. I threw this together pretty quickly, so there's probably some mistakes and omissions.

    Kansas

    Significant Losses: Sherron Collins (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, Markieff Morris, Tyshawn Taylor

    Potential Losses: Xavier Henry, Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris.

    Newcomers: Royce Woolridge, SG. - Highly rated guard

    Analysis: Losing Collins will hurt. Aldrich seems polished enough to leave and Henry and Marcus Morris definitely have the ability to leave if they so choose. I see Marcus Morris staying around, but Aldrich and Henry declaring. KU should be competing for the conference crown again next year.

    Kansas St.

    Significant Losses: Denis Clemente (SR), Luis Colon (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Rodney McGruder, Dominique Sutton, Jamar Samuels, Wally Judge

    Potential Losses: Jacob Pullen

    Newcomers: Freddy Asprilla, C (JUCO); Shane Southwell, F/G; Will Spradling, PG

    Analysis: Replacing Clemente will be a tough task, but there is depth at guard and if Pullen decides to return, the backcourt will be solid. The athleticism of the frontline and the depth of the wings and bigs will be among the league's best. Even if Pullen leaves, KSU looks to be one of the stronger teams in the league next year. If he stays, they could be looking at a conference championship.

    Baylor

    Significant Losses: Tweety Carter (SR), Josh Lomers (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Anthony Jones, Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh

    Potential Losses: LaceDarius Dunn

    Newcomers: Perry Jones, PF - One of the better PF's in the country; Bakari Turner, SG; Stargell Love, PG - Highly ranked PG

    Analysis: Yet another school losing their PG, but they're bringing in a very solid class and Udoh is a monster on the boards. If Dunn returns, they will contend for the league title, but if he opts for the draft, Baylor will still be a tough out, but will need their backcourt to step up in a big way.

    Texas A&M

    Significant Losses: Bryan Davis (SR), Donald Sloan (SR), Derrick Roland (SR - Don't remember if he got or was seeking a medical redshirt)

    Likely Returnees of Note: BJ Holmes, David Loubeau, Kris Middleton, Dash Harris

    Potential Losses: No one of note

    Newcomers: Tobi Oyedeji, PF; Daniel Alexander, PF; Kourtney Roberson, PF; Keith Davis, PF

    Analysis: They lose their two best players in Sloan & Davis. Their incoming recruits are all post players, and I don't really like their back court. I see next year's A&M team as a middle of the pack squad that won't have any great wins, but won't have any bad losses either.

    Missouri

    Significant Losses: JT Tiller (SR), Zaire Taylor (SR), Keith Ramsey (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Michael Dixon, Marcus Denmon, Laurence Bowers, Justin Safford, Kim English, Steve Moore

    Potential Losses: No one of note

    Newcomers: Tony Mitchell, PF - Highly ranked PF; Phil Pressey, PG - Highly ranked PG; Kadeem Green, PF; Ricky Kreklow, SG

    Analysis: Mizzou will finish in the top half of the league. They lose Tiller & Taylor, who have been stabilizing forces in their pressure defense and provided and offensive spark when needed. They'll still be very athletic and should make the NCAA tournament with ease.

    Texas

    Significant Losses: Damion James (SR), Justin Mason (SR), Dexter Pittman (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Dogus Balbay, Jai Lucas, Jordan Hamilton, Gary Johnson, J'Covan Brown

    Potential Losses: Avery Bradley

    Newcomers: Tristan Thompson, PF - One of the better HS players in the country

    Analysis: Damion James has been Mr. Everything for this team and replacing him won't be easy. There's still going to be good depth, but they take a hit inside losing James & Pittman. Tristan Thompson should make an immediate impact, but with all the talent, especially if Bradley returns, it's hard to imagine this team having many struggles.

    Oklahoma State

    Significant Losses: Obi Muonelo (SR),

    Likely Returnees of Note: Keiton Page, Ray Penn, Matt Pilgrim, Marshall Moses

    Potential Losses: James Anderson

    Newcomers: Michael Cobbins, PF; Brian Williams, F; Markel Brown, SG; Darrell Williams, F; JP Olumkemi

    Analysis: They could lose their two best scorers with Muonelo exhausting his elgibility and Anderson potentially leaving. I don't see Anderson returning, which means they need to make up for the loss of nearly 37 points per game between the two. Should still be a solid team, but probably fall to somewhere in the lower half of the conference.

    Colorado

    Significant Losses: Dwight Thorne II (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Nate Tomlinson, Marcus Relphorde, Alec Burks, Cory Higgins, Austin Dufault, Trey Eckloff

    Potential Losses: No one of note

    Newcomers: No commits as of this point

    Analysis: Colorado improved greatly this year, and they should do the same next year. Higgins is one of the better scorers in the conference and as a whole, this team seems to be headed in the right direction. Still might not be enough for a tourney berth, but they are making strides.

    Texas Tech

    Significant Losses: Nick Okorie (SR), Darko Cohadarevic (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: John Roberson, Mike Singletary, David Tairu, Brad Reese

    Potential Losses: No one of note

    Newcomers: Javarez Willis, PG; Jamel Outler, SG; Paul Cooper, G

    Analysis: With Roberson & Singletary returning, TTU has a chance to move up in the standings. A decent recruitment class will help, but TTU looking like a middle of the pack team that will likely be on the bubble.

    Oklahoma

    Significant Losses: Ryan Wright (SR), Tony Crocker (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Tommy Mason-Griffin, Tiny Gallon, Cade Davis

    Potential Losses: Willie Warren

    Newcomers: Cameron Clark, SF; TJ Taylor, PG

    Analysis: Willie Warren will most likely declare despite having a subpar sophomore season. Losing a vet like Crocker is always tough, but Cade Davis has emerged this season and Mason-Griffin & Gallon have performed as freshman. Clark is one of the better recruits and should make an impact. OU will be undersized inside, but should be able to execute a drive and dish offense that will cause problems. Probably still a middle of the pack team.

    Nebraska

    Significant Losses: Sek Henry (SR), Ryan Anderson (SR)

    Likely Returnees of Note: Brandon Richardson, Christian Standhardinger, Toney McCray, Lance Jeter

    Potential Losses: No one of note

    Newcomers: Andre Almeida

    Analysis: They lose their best player in Anderson and another significant contributor in Henry. The returning players aren't going to scare anyone, but Standhardinger could blossom into a nice player. Probably a last place finish again.


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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Thanks! Was really hoping somebody would do this. Maybe you could edit and put in the recruiting ranks as well.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    Thanks! Was really hoping somebody would do this. Maybe you could edit and put in the recruiting ranks as well.
    I suppose I could. There's probably others on here who could offer better expertise in regard to incoming recruits, though.


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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    I'm making the prediction right now that Colorado will make the NCAA T next year.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Quote Originally Posted by CylentButDeadly View Post
    I suppose I could. There's probably others on here who could offer better expertise in regard to incoming recruits, though.
    I will look on scout and see what I can come up with too.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Looking at your summary, I don't see many places where ISU can move up in the standings purely by virtue of opponent attrition. We'll have to get our hands dirty and beat some people. Going to be very tough.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Rivals ranks the incoming recruiting classes like this:
    1. Missouri (number 12 nationally)
    2. Texas A&M (number 21 nationally)
    3. Baylor (number 24 nationally)
    4. Oklahoma
    5. Ok State
    6. Texas
    7. Kansas State
    8. Iowa State
    9. Kansas (guessing they will be moving up this list)
    10. Texas Tech
    11. Nebraska
    12. Colorado



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    It sounds like there will be an opportunity to move up in the conference with some teams losing key players next year as long as we can improve. If Brackins and Gilstrap stick around, we'd likely be the only team with all major players returning. That's unlikely but, who knows.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    We really need Aldrich, Henry, Warren, Anderson, Dunn, and Pullen to go to the NBA. I'm thinking at least 4 of them won't be around.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Judging from who I think will leave here's how I see things playing out next year:
    1. Kansas (with Morris staying)
    2. Baylor (How does Drew get these guys to come to Waco?)
    3. Missouri (Great recruits coming in)
    4. Texas
    5. Texas A&M
    6. Kansas State
    7. Oklahoma
    8. Colorado
    9. Oklahoma State (Won't have enough without Anderson and Munelo)
    10. Iowa State (Hope I'm wrong)
    11. Texas Tech
    12. Nebraska
    I will say this about our chances, the talent level in the Big 12 next year should be quite a bit lower than it was this year.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    KU also gets Mario Little and Travis Releford back who are both sitting this year as redshirts. Little got quite a bit of PT last year so I would expect that he will be a significant contributor for them next year.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Quote Originally Posted by abcguyks View Post
    KU also gets Mario Little and Travis Releford back who are both sitting this year as redshirts. Little got quite a bit of PT last year so I would expect that he will be a significant contributor for them next year.
    I don't see anybody beating out KU anytime soon. Baylor and Missouri are doing some nice things and Texas should definitely always have good talent but KU just has too much of everything.



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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    As a whole, it's going to depend on what the guys from KU and Pullen from KSU do. If KU brings everybody back, they're playing for a national championship again next year. If KSU brings back Pullen, they're a darkhorse title contender.

    Texas and Oklahoma State stand a lot to gain if Avery Bradley & James Anderson opt to come back as well.


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    Re: Here's What ISU Faces Next Year: Returning B12 Talent & Newcomers

    Quote Originally Posted by CylentButDeadly View Post
    As a whole, it's going to depend on what the guys from KU and Pullen from KSU do. If KU brings everybody back, they're playing for a national championship again next year. If KSU brings back Pullen, they're a darkhorse title contender.

    Texas and Oklahoma State stand a lot to gain if Avery Bradley & James Anderson opt to come back as well.
    Definitely not as high on KSU, even if Pullen stays (which I think he will). Really not sure about Bradley but I'm highly doubting Anderson stays.



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    Quote Originally Posted by abcguyks View Post
    KU also gets Mario Little and Travis Releford back who are both sitting this year as redshirts. Little got quite a bit of PT last year so I would expect that he will be a significant contributor for them next year.
    Good point. As long as Aldrich, Henry & Marc. Morris don't all leave, KU should take the crown pretty easily again next year.


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